Post # 1
We are considering a cocktale reception but are wondering if we have enough options on our menu. If you attended a wedding with this menu would you think it was enough food? We are thinking 2-6pm or 3-7pm.
Fresh Seasonal Fruit and Assorted Gourmet Cheese Display
Roasted Vegetables with Ginger Dipping Sauce
Baked Spanakopita with Feta Sauce
Petite Asian Egg Rolls with Plum Sauce
Grilled Shrimp on Skewers
Scallops Wrapped in Bacon
Mini Savory Meatballs
Crispy Chicken Fritters with Honey Mustard Sauce
Toasted Ravioli with Parmesan Marinara
Post # 3
@teachernva: This all sounds super yummy, but I love mashed potatoes, so I am a little biased, and voted to add the mashed potato bar!
Post # 4
Here’s the thing: if your cocktail reception runs into the normal time to eat dinner, you have to provide more food. You don’t want your guests hitting the drive thru on their way out because you didn’t provide anything substantial enough. If you’re going to do appetizers only, change the hours (1-4 maybe?) but don’t expect your guests to say until 6 or 7 without anything major to eat!
I voted for the second option – add a carving station & mashed potatoes!
Post # 5
Im already hungry.. This didn’t help. I agree with PP that’s around dinner time so people might eat more than usual. What time do you plan on dinner if cocktail is at seven..
Post # 6
I think it would be good if you weren’t going to have it during dinner time. So if you can swing the carving station and mashed potatoes then I think it would be good!
Post # 7
I also voted to add the carving station and mashed potato bar because its during dinner hours, and I love mashed potatoes 🙂
Post # 8
@ClassyKate: This. Your menu is great if it runs a bit earlier than you posted. Otherwise you need to add more if it is going to go until 6 or 7.
Post # 9
Because of your timing, it’s an iffy on if you have enough food.
For comparison, my wedding was a cocktail buffet from 2-6. Our menu:
Baked Ham with a Maple Mustard Glaze, presliced and served on trays
Baked Turkey with a Cranberry Compote, presliced and served on trays
Salmon Mousse (grandmothers recipe) with sliced cucumbers
Cheese Board – Brie, Cheddar, Gouda, and Blue on a wooden cutting board with grapes, strawberries, almonds, sliced baguettes, and crackers
Vegetable Tray with Tzatziki Dip
Canteloupe wrapped in Proscuitto
Hummus & Pitas
Horseradish Deviled Eggs
Lemonade & Iced Tea Bar
Cookie Bar – Chocolate Chip, PB Kisses, Snickerdoodles, Oatmeal Scotchies, Lemon Bars, Raspberry Bars, Pecan Tarts, Cocoa Drops.
Wedding Cake – White with Raspberry Filling, Vanilla Buttercream
Grooms Cake – Chocolate with Chocolate Filling, Vanilla Buttercream
Post # 10
I think that more substantial nibbles would be great–HEAVY APPETIZERS–like adding crab cakes, chicken skewers with peanut sauce, and maybe even mini sliders or bruschetta.
Post # 11
it also depends on the quantity of the food served
Post # 12
I think you need more options or make sure you have a ton of what your options already are. I would expce something heartier though.